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MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees on Monday renewed contracts with the Illinois Department of Corrections to deliver educational programming at 17 adult facilities in 2017-18.

In addition, the board accepted the transfer of a 72-piece art collection from the Lake Land College Foundation that was acquired over the past 50 years as gifts to the college.

James Hull, vice president for workforce solutions/community education, said the 17 DOC contracts combined have a value of $6.7 million to Lake Land. He said this total includes $5.5 million in reimbursement from the state prison system and $1.1 million in course credit hour revenue.

Lake Land delivers automotive, construction occupations, culinary arts, custodial maintenance, horticulture, warehousing, welding and other courses for the DOC.

Hull noted that the board also approved a one-year contract in June with the DOC to provide educational programming at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. The college also delivers educational programming at two Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice sites.

Regarding the artwork transfer, the Lake Land Foundation's collection of paintings, tapestries, photographs, and more is valued at approximately $18,000. The collection includes an original Paul Sargent painting on display in the office of the executive director for college advancement.

College President Josh Bullock said most of the other artwork is by artists who are mainly known within the Lake Land community. He said these items are kept in various offices and storerooms throughout campus, so they are difficult for the foundation to archive. He said Lake Land will maintain these works and display many of them as part of art department classes.

In other matters, the board approved special tuition waiver requests that are submitted annually to the board. These requests include waivers in various amounts for top-performing high school students in the WYSE Academic Challenge; first-time, adult students who attend one of the college's Adult Week recruiting events; and first-place winners at the Business & Computer Contest.

Trustee Gary Cadwell suggested that Lake Land allocate tuition waivers to high schools in the college's district. He said the schools could be given the discretion to award these waivers to some of their students who do not qualify for other scholarships. He said such a program could help with Lake Land's student recruitment efforts.

Other actions taken by the board included:

  • Amending the 2017-18 budget based on the actual amount of state funding that has been allocated for this fiscal year now that the state has a budget agreement in place. The state has allocated $16.1 million to Lake Land, which is $3.5 million more than the college had assumed in its budget projections.
  • Accepting a $15,488 grant from the Illinois Public Risk Fund to help pay for safety-related products that will assist in reducing injuries or illness.

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